Jennifer Hudson drops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to promote the new season of “The Voice”, and the chart-topping Oscar winner discusses her upcoming acting role: portraying the late Aretha Franklin in a biopic.
Not only does Hudson admit playing the Queen of Soul is a “dream role”, but she also reveals for the first time ever that Franklin personally requested that she play her.
During the wide-ranging segment, Hudson also talks about playing Grizabella in the upcoming movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical “Cats” and why she thinks she already has this season’s winner of “The Voice” (which premiered on Monday) on her team in 13-year-old singer Kennedy Holmes.
In another part of the interview, Hudson plays a musical version of the show’s game “Speak Out” — changed for the occasion to “Sing Out” — with DeGeneres trying to guess which songs Hudson is singing while outfitted with a dental device in her mouth. Watch: